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post #1 of 48
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Ugh, and it's supposed to be in the 90s! I have a delivery refusal disclaimer I plan to have her sign. I was thinking of making up a fun flier of sorts with instructions on how to deliver a tiered buttercream cake. Silly pictures, very attention getting.

 

It's a small cake, just 2 tiers, but a rough delivery under the best circumstances. It's almost 60 miles on curvy, hilly roads in desert-like conditions that will take over an hour. (my charge to deliver would have been approximately $150, which is why the planner is picking it up) 

 

My plan for the delivery was to center dowel, start out well-chilled, wrap the box in plastic and pack a couple of bags of ice around the box to help keep it cold. I will supply shelf-liner for her car but since they are refusing to pay for delivery, I shouldn't have to supply the ice, should I? I'm leaning towards considering that part of the service they are giving up by not paying for delivery.

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 48
Absolutely sign waiver.

Absolutely do Not provide ice. She's lucky your providing non skid.

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post #3 of 48

I have mixed emotions about this, yes, they have said by not having you deliver the cake that you are not  responsible for any thing once the cake is picked up buy the wedding planner.  On the other hand, I would hate to see the cake ruined by the planner not knowing what is necessary to provide for safe delivery.  I really don't know what I would do in this situation, but I think I would at the very least tell them ahead of time what they need to so to make sure the cake arrives in good condition. Then I would not feel guilty if it doesn't arrive in good conditon.

post #4 of 48
I would still supply the ice priced at your cost for the ice plus your regular markup, unless the wedding planner will be bringing her own ice.
post #5 of 48

I have delivered cakes over an hour away; never used ice to pack them; in fact, they were surrounded by catering  equipment that held lots of hot food.  I've delivered 3 tier cakes fully assembled this way.  With a good delivery system (such as SPS), there should be no problem, especially since it's just a 2-tier.

post #6 of 48
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KatieKake, I should clarify...of course I will give her instructions and tell her what my plan was. My questions were really shod I make the instructions into a cut attention-getting flier (like I do at work when I want people to actually read something) and, do I charge her for the ice?
post #7 of 48

Like KatieKake said.... After you hand it over to the wedding planner I think it should be out of hands. It would be HER responsibility to keep PERFECT. She declined your guaranteed safe delivery so you shouldn't bend over backwards too much for her. Only provide the ice at a small extra fee. Or tell her to bring her own. Hope you get this settled soon. Best wishes. :) 

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post #8 of 48
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Sorry about the typos. I wrote the OP on my laptop but am replying on my iPhone. Thanks everyone. I am going to email her with my instructions and recommendations this afternoon and really stress the importance of keeping the ac on high, driving really carefully, etc. The wedding is Wednesday. Very nervous about this one for some reason.
post #9 of 48
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This is what I've written up so far. I know it's probably overkill but I do use butter in my buttercream and the sun gets very intense here due to being in the southwest and the high altitude. What do you think?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your cake will be VERY COLD when I transfer it to you. It will be constructed and packaged for a safe delivery, providing the following recommendations are observed.

  • The cake must be placed on a flat area in your vehicle. The back of an SUV is ideal, the floor a second choice, never a seat. I will provide non-skid material to help keep it from sliding.
  • Consider packing a couple of bags of ice around the cake box. Bring 2 large plastic bags and the ice. (I can supply the ice and the plastic for a small fee.)
  • Plan to keep your air conditioning on full blast for the entire ride. (I typically wear shoes and socks, a sweater, and gloves when I make cake deliveries that are more than a few minutes away on hot and sunny days.)
  • Drive slowly and carefully, paying extra attention to curves; avoid sudden stops. Plan extra time to get to your destination.
  • Upon arrival at your destination, remove cake from its box and place on a sturdy, level table capable of supporting its weight. This table should be in a temperature controlled environment that is 68-72o and away from known heat sources such as direct or indirect sun, high intensity lights, etc.

 

Sorry, the cut and paste got a little funky.

 

Thanks!

post #10 of 48
I assume you also have a separate agreement that says you have no responsibility for the cake once she drives away.
post #11 of 48

Is that cake for a delivery this Wednesday?  In our record breaking temps?  I hope it's going west and not south or east.  It's 101 here already in Pueblo, just shy of 3:00 pm.  Even hotter down the Arkansas Valley. 

 

I'd also tell her to make sure that while it is in the vehicle that the cake box is not sitting in the direct sunlight, even if the A/C is on.

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post #12 of 48

That $150 delivery fee is not only for delivery of the cake, but your expertise to get it there safely.  I personally would take photos of the cake in pristine condition upon it leaving your premises, next to a copy of the delivery waiver the wedding planner signed.  After that, maybe she should be the one researching the proper care and handling of buttercream in extreme temperatures.

 

Why give away all the things you have taken years to learn about properly delivering the cake?  I don't get it.  I'm obviously in the minority here, but you are the professional for a reason.

 

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post #13 of 48
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Jason, yes, I have a disclaimer for her to sign.

Spooky, YES! She's driving it from CS to Canon City! On 115! The box I use should keep the sun off it, at least.
post #14 of 48
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I just talked to her and it sounds like she is receptive to doing whatever it takes to get the cake there safely. Whew!

post #15 of 48
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Originally Posted by indydebi View Post

I have delivered cakes over an hour away; never used ice to pack them; in fact, they were surrounded by catering  equipment that held lots of hot food.  I've delivered 3 tier cakes fully assembled this way.  With a good delivery system (such as SPS), there should be no problem, especially since it's just a 2-tier.


Same here. And in the summer time and in Houston. I also don't refrigerate my cakes before the trip and I use wooden dowels and a center dowel going through the base. I've never had a cake adversely effected by delivery, except the one that was in a fender bender. The first year of doing cakes, delivery was so stressful until I learned that as long as you properly stack it, it will be just fine.

 

When i have a customer pick up a two tier cake, I suggest it sit on the driver's side floor board if there's room and they can keep an eye on it as they drive. Never had a problem with that either, including this 4 tier cake.

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